Before the rise of industry, it was normal for people to sleep in two phases each night.

People had no set bedtimes. Sleeping was determined by whether or not there were things to do. Most people would have a first and second sleep, with a couple of hours awake inbetween. This is probably the way humans are supposed to sleep.

Modern schedules don't really let us do that. Perhaps we should think about changing that.

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@InvaderXan
This is one of my favourite things to tell people about!!

@Galdrakinn
I find lots of people suddenly realise why they keep waking up in the middle of the night when you tell them, too...

@InvaderXan
Yeah for sure. My grandparents always woke up in the night and went downstairs to do some reading for a bit before heading back up.

@Galdrakinn
Gosh, that really highlights how recent this switch to single phase sleep is!

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@InvaderXan @Galdrakinn

this reminds me off the top of my head about joh n lemon waking up in the middle of the night to write "Across the universe"

im sure theres better examples tho

@lugh @Galdrakinn
Writing is probably a good use for that stretch of time. Especially seeing as you're more likely to remember dreams if you wake up immediately after them. Makes for a good source of inspiration!

@InvaderXan gotta try that now, my REM cycles are usually in 3-5 hr cycles, and happen 2-4 times

i can brake that up!

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